Worcester Teacher Tests Positive For Tuberculosis

WORCESTER (CBS) — Approximately one hundred elementary school students and staff at Quinsigamond Elementary in Worcester are being told to get tuberculosis tests this holiday season.

An unnamed teacher there apparently kept working even after she learned she had the illness.

WBZ Radio’s Carl Stevens reports.

The woman tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis in October and then had a confirmatory x-Ray in November. But she only told school officials here of her illness late last Friday night.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports from Worcester.

School leaders are quick to point out that they do not know if the woman’s doctor told her it was acceptable to continue working.

That’s a distinction that does not seem to matter much to many parents here, a lot of whom are furious this woman kept teaching.

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